2020-05-18

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  • Faith: Other
  • Career: Actor
  • Birthday:  September 08, 1933
  • Accomplishments:  Actor, Comedian, Emmy Nominations
  • Fun Faith Fact!: Fred Willard played baseball at the Virginia Military Institute where he received a bachelor's degree.

Fred Willard is an actor and comedian best known for his roles in "Modern Family" and "Everybody Loves Raymond." He is also famously known for his roles in "A Might Wind," "Mascots," and "Anchorman." 

Fred Willard was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Kentucky Military Institute and Virginia Military Institute before serving a stint in the United States Army. 

Willard began his stage career in New York City in the late 1950s. His first line of work was in production of “Desperate Hours” where he worked alongside his future comedy partner Vic Grecco. The two would later tour as Willard & Grecco and perform in TV shows like “The Dean Martin Show” and “The Tonight Show.”

In 1967, Willard appeared in his debut filed called “Teen Mother,” but the actor wouldn’t rise to fame until the late 70s when he made a regular appearance on the satires “Fernwood 2 Night”, “Forever Fernwood” and “America 2-Night." He accomplished a lot during his 50 year career, which included 300 movies and T.V. shows.

On May 15, 2020, it was reported by Willard's daughter that the actor had passed away from natural causes. He was 86 years old.

The actor is survived by his only daughter, Hope, along with a son-in-law and his grandson Freddie. His wife, Mary, passed away in 2018.


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